Monday, 15 June 2015

Rights are not Justice

Many people, including many Christians in the west think that fighting for rights equates to justice. Nothing can be further from the truth. You may argue that this is just a game of semantics that I am playing, by construing the term 'rights' to mean rights to immorality. No! One must look at the spirit behind the doctrine of rights, the spirit of liberalism. 

The spirit of liberalism is the one who works through those who are seeking to create an ethical framework for society to make it one that is more "ethical", 'moral" from a human-centred worldview, which thinks that God is not needed for anything. 


The spirit behind the liberalism seeks to make the masses feel oppressed by not having rights, that is, self-entitlement to anything, whether things that are immoral or moral in themselves. The spirit of rights is of the spirit of self-entitlement, selfishness and love of self. It is contrary to the Bible's commands to do good to others, seek not one's own interests and to give up one's interests:


See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men (1 Thessalonians 5:15).


Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth (1 Corinthians 10:24).


Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (Philippians 2:4).


The Bible makes it very clear to seek the needs of others, and not serve one's interests. You may ask, can't a person not seek the interests of others as well as one's own? No. As long as one seeks one's own interest, full of self-love, one cannot love selflessly at all. To seek one's own self-interests and those of others is to attempt to serve two masters. No one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Only when one is completely obedient to God, and fully serving Him, and Him alone can one truly love and serve others selflessly. 


Self-interest is rebellion. Romans 2:5-10 tells us that those who are self-seeking, who live for the flesh, are in rebellion against God, obeying all unrighteousness:


But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


Self-seeking is unrighteousness. Those who are self-seeking will not inherit the Kingdom of God, but be cast into the Lake of Fire for self-seeking is idolatry and hatred of God. This is precisely what it means to seek for one's "rights". Even believing in one's "rights" is self-seeking for it is itself to have a carnal fleshly mind which is hostile against God. Such a mind that believes in one's "rights" is one which not only hates God, but cannot love God because the "carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be(Romans 8:7). 


Who are you to think you are entitled to anything? Who are you to think people should serve you and love you? No one deserves love from God, or from any other person. No one deserve mercy or grace. This is no way means it is right to hate others. It is wrong to hate others on part of the person who is hating others, but this gives no right to others to be loved. There is no such thing as a right. You will burn in Hell if you believe in your "rights".


That the unsaved are capable of fighting for "rights", whether their own or that of others, itself indicates believing in "rights" is of the flesh and hostility against God. These unsaved are evildoers in the eyes of God, who do not understand justice (Proverbs 28:5). Thus, rights are not justice. Rather, rights are selfish fleshly perpetrators of injustice, wickedness and evil.


Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all (Proverbs 28:5).